For more than a decade, Bangladeshi Community of Arizona has been celebrating International Mother Language Day in the valley. Since 2008, more communities have joined in the celebration and now it has become one of the major multi-linguistic event in Arizona. This year, IMLD Celebration Committee is organizing International Mother Language Day on Feb 25, 2018 (Sunday) at Neeb Hall of ASU from 2:30PM to 6:00PM.
— Proclamation of International Mother Language Day by different cities
— Tribute to language martyrs at the monument (Shahid Minar) by flower wreaths
— Cultural program of many different languages and cultures
— Delicious ethnic food at reasonable cost (outside the building)
Every year many languages are dying out at the death of the surviving speaker. Many languages are lost gradually in bilingual cultures for not having enough practice of the mother languages among the speakers.
To promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world, in May 1999, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared February 21 of every year as the “International Mother Language Day”.
The date (February 21) represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the country, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.
In Arizona, every year, the Bangladeshi community takes the lead in observing the International Mother Language Day on the weekend around February 21 and welcomes everybody to join the program regardless of the origin of language spoken. This year the International Mother Language Day will be celebrated on February 25 (Sunday) at Neeb Hall of Arizona State University, from 2:30PM to 6:00PM.
IMLD 2018 Celebration Committee